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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 26, 2015

Tolar, Texas, Man Sentenced to 720 Months in Federal Prison for Production of Child Pornography

FORT WORTH — A Tolar, Texas, man was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means to 720 months in federal prison on a child pornography conviction, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John R. Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Jonathan Daniel Kutej, 34, was convicted in November 2014 to two counts of production of child pornography.

According to documents filed in the case, on July 17, 2013 Kutej persuaded a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of that conduct.

On August 14, 2013 Kutej took sexually explicit photos with his Apple iPhone of a separate minor child. After discovering the photos the minor child’s mother contacted Investigators. An arrest warrant was obtained August 15, 2013, Kutej was carrying a black Apple iPhone in the back pocket of his pants at the time of the arrest that contained the sexually explicit photos of the minor girl.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on the tab “resources.”

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Hood County District Attorney’s Office investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Saleem prosecuted.

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Updated June 26, 2015